From February 8, 2021, Russia will resume international air traffic with Greece and Singapore on a reciprocal basis. Flights between Moscow and Athens will be operated twice a week, between the Russian capital and Singapore – three times a week. This decision was made at a meeting of the operational headquarters to prevent the import and spread of a new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation on January 28.
The rules of entry to these countries for travelers from Russia will be published later.
How are flights to Greece now?
Greece is open to travelers from Russia, but only 500 Russians can enter the country per week. Earlier, the Greek authorities extended the rule on the quota until February 8.
To enter Greece, citizens of the Russian Federation, with the exception of children under the age of 10, must have a certificate in English about a negative PCR test for COVID-19 coronavirus. It must be done no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in the country.
Also, passengers, except for those traveling through Greece in transit, must fill out a special form PLF (passenger locator form) at travel.gov.gr no later than one day before arrival. It contains contact information, length of stay and address in Greece. You can send this profile only if the limit of 500 people has not yet been reached. Those who succeed in completing the form receive a QR code, which is presented before boarding the flight.
In addition, tourists need to have confirmation of hotel reservation, medical insurance and return ticket.
Upon arrival, a tourist may be required to undergo a second test for coronavirus. All passengers arriving in Greece are required to go through a seven-day self-isolation at the place of stay, which is indicated on the PLF form (for example, at the hotel).
According to ATOR, Aeroflot, which operates flights to Greece, takes on board Russians with a Greek tourist visa. However, to date, new visas to this country are not issued.
Which Russian passengers are allowed to enter Singapore?
At the moment, Russians can only enter Singapore for transit purposes. In this case, you must have a medical certificate in English with a negative PCR test for COVID-19.
Only certain categories of travelers can fly from Russia to Singapore: citizens of Singapore and holders of a residence permit, as well as citizens of some countries of Southeast Asia (with a special document).
From 23:59 on January 24, everyone arriving in the republic, including citizens of Singapore and foreigners with permanent residence permits, must take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival. And foreigners or residents of the country who have recently visited countries or regions with a high level of infection risk should take the test no earlier than 72 hours before departure. Upon arrival, they are required to comply with a two-week quarantine, at the end of which they must pass a test for COVID-19.
In addition, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health, from 23:59 on January 31, foreigners arriving in the republic with Air Travel Pass (ATP) and Reciprocal Green Lanes (RGLs) (issued for short-term visits to the country) will have to purchase travel insurance to reimburse expenses for possible treatment and hospitalization in connection with the coronavirus, with coverage of at least $ 22.6 thousand.